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Councils told to rethink committees;In brief

COUNCILS should re-examine the need to have education or other committees, the independent Commission on Local Government and the Scottish Parliament has recommended.

A number of councils, including Shetland, East Renfrewshire, Falkirk and Clackmannan, have already shaken up their committees and others are expected to follow.

The commission, chaired by Neil McIntosh, former chief executive of Strathclyde Region, makes a series of wide-ranging recommendations, to which ministers will reply on July 2.

Its report says councils have become overburdened with committees and they in turn have become overloaded with routine business.

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